Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's too hot

The ridiculous heat lately is making it hard to do everything lately. I basically want to lay down in a room with sub-zero temperatures and get frostbite.  It's so hot and humid that when I'm outside, it feels like I'm breathing through a wet blanket.  It's gross. As I'm sure most everyone everywhere is thinking since the entire country appears to be having a heat wave of epic proportions.
And holy crap, wearing a business suit in this weather is terrible and cruel.  Suit fabrics, especially in northern states, aren't exactly lightweight and breathable. And the lining! Double layers in a suit jacket! Lining is never a breathable fabric! Ugh, it's like being wrapped in Saran Wrap all day. I'm hot and sweaty and uncomfortable all day when it's this hot.  I wish that there was a "too hot" exception to the suit jacket requirement. Even with the air conditioner on, it's still really hard to cool down after being outside and then having to wear a heat-trapping jacket.
I wonder if the dress code for court is more relaxed in states that are consistently hot year round. Like can you get away with a lightweight cardigan as as "jacket" in Hawaii or Arizona? Or a cute short sleeved jacket? Or no jacket at all as long as you're otherwise in business attire? How do people do it in southern states? Could a woman wear dressy capris? A sundress?
If I'm ever a judge, suit jackets will totally be optional if the temp hits 80° or more. If the heat index hits 100+ and I were a judge, there would be a good chance I wouldn't even be wearing pants under my robe.  I mean, the robe is kind of like a big sack dress anyway, right?


  1. There's a fabric called tropical wool (I hadn't heard of it until law school) that is supposed to be less heavy than regular wool suits. I have a couple of pieces but honestly, when it's a million degrees out, it doesn't really matter much.

    Maybe make sure you're wearing as much cotton as possible (breathable)? Also, maybe you could find a few exercise tops that are sweat-wicking but happen to actually look like work tops. Golf apparel almost always has a collar.

  2. Anonymous5:46 PM

    We've had judges taking off their robes and telling us to take off our jackets. IT IS SO DAMN HOT, even in the Northeastern parts.

  3. Anonymous1:30 AM

    Actually, in Hawaii, we only wear suits to Court (no where else). But I only wear the jacket when necessary and carry it around otherwise. However, all buildings like to refrigerate employees so you want to put it on after a while. I remember. I siting Wall Street and just staring in disbelief at all the poor souls in three-piece suits on an unairconditioned subway. It was insane. So it seems how often they are truly necessary is dependent on culture... unless you are in Court.